Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead (Hidden Pony Records)
|Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead|
Release Date: 9th June 2014
Seriously Canada, what the hell are you up to over there? It's like a constant stream of great and different bands is just flowing forth from your shores and I am powerless to resist (not that I'd want to). It's like a bloodless coup in my ears and I'm ready to defect. Where's my maple syrup? You see, Regina collective Rah Rah are pretty special and this new album promises so much and then delivers on the promises. Opening up with the sprightly indie romp of 'Art & A Wife' the band hit their stride pretty quickly before recent single 'Prairie Girl' comes bounding up to you like an excited child full of sugar at a birthday party. The vocals switch back and forth between different band members and the wistful male voice on 'First Kiss' reminds of the likes of David Kitt or Evan Dando but with a little more bite. Latest single '20s' has a real 90s indie feel about it, evoking the likes of Kenickie or Lush while 'Dead Men' is a five minute whopper of epic proportions that sounds like Arcade Fire and the Flaming Lips have an epic-off atop a mountain as snow and eagles swirl around them, all filmed by Anton Corbijn from a helicopter.
Album title track, 'The Poet's Dead', is a more West-coast indie-pop romp that Weezer or the Lemonheads would nod approvingly at while 'I'm A Killer' is not a song about Brandon Flowers but rather a sultry number built on the foundations of a simple organ chord progression only to flourish in to a spine tingling, Ladyhawke-esque number. The real talent these guys have is in adapting their numerous talents to suit the song and in putting the song first you are always more likely to make something worthwhile - if you want to know what happens when the song comes after the ego then just go and type Miley Cyrus or Razorlight in to youtube. 'Run' is up next and although it's probably the weakest track on the album it still has an appealing darkness to it but then along comes 'Fake Our Love' and that West-coast swagger is back again to drive you down the highway with the top down and take you to a beach party. The album finishes up with 'Saint' and some delicate, jangly guitars providing a gentle bed for the beautifully soft and sweet vocals to grow and bloom like a mountain flower. The sad truth about music blogging is that you rarely get the time to give really good music the chance to properly unfold to appreciate its full beauty but with a band like Rah Rah and an album 'The Poet's Dead' you don't really have a choice. Listen to it in full or die knowing you missed out on something a bit special. It's your call.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/rahrahband?fref=ts
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